In every trip, there must be museum enthusiasts who always love to visit a good museum and recommend it to their tour groups whether traveling in or out of the country. In Chiang Rai, there are many good museums that we believe they will satisfy not only museum lovers but also other tourists as well. Let's see what museums are not to be missed in Chiang Rai.
Located at Wat Phra Kaew in the downtown area, "Hong Luang Sang Kaew Museum" opens daily from 9 am to 5 pm. At the south wall of Wat Phra Kaew, you may not believe that there are several marvelous antique items displayed inside if you just pass over. The applied Lanna style showcase building was designed by a local architect as a place for storing valuable artifacts offered to the temple so that the public can appreciate them. Despite a small museum, the objects shown here can fascinate the visitors, for example, the Oo-Thong Buddha statue (18th-20th century), different kinds of rare Tung (Lanna ceremonial flags), old regalia, Lanna silver, the pulpit for a monk decorated in Myanmar style, various kinds of Buddha statues, the temple pediment, etc. After touring around the Hong Luang Sang Kaew Museum, don’t forget to visit and pay homage to the sacred Buddha statue at Wat Phra Kaew, one of the oldest and most important temples of Chiang Rai which is nearly one hundred and thirty years old.
If you visit the Golden Triangle, "Hall of Opium Museum" (open Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 4 pm) is the one that should not be missed. Even for foreign tourists, this museum is considered a very engaging experience. The exhibition portrays the story when Siamese people still use opium: the history of opium, the opium production, uses of opium, drug smugglers, opium warlords, the opium treaty and the opium suppression intervention. It is depicted through object displays, demonstrations, antiquities, films, and videos.
The next stop is "Chiang Saen National Museum"(open Wednesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm). This place is not only suitable for the museum lovers but also travelers who fall in love with Chiang Saen since it is famous for telling the history of Chiang Saen through antiquities. Here, you will experience the story of Chiang Saen thoroughly through various antiques and archeological objects, especially the stone inscriptions, bricks and stucco sculptures in Chiang Saen art style, all of which reflect a great civilization Chiang Saen had in the past. In addition, the museum also displays the Buddha statues, daily household necessities, Lanna pottery, bronze ware, cooking utensils, handicrafts, Tung, weapons, etc.
Chiang Rai has everything for all types of tourists, particularly the museum lovers. We believe that all the recommended museums will satisfy your needs. If you want to know what the real places really like, if they are good, or whether they are worth a try, you have to try to find the answers for yourself.